Hope

Prometheus stole this fire from the mountain
And passed it down to man.
The spark within each
That forged the spirit
Of us all.

Who could say how
Or why we hold onto
Such a fickle thing.
Quashed by reality
As we are forced
To realize our fragility.

Hope is like the king
Of a kingdom of swords
With no knights to bear them.
Continuously stoked alone
By the undying spirit.

Never savoured victory
Nor suffered loss.
A constant glimmer in the darkness
That may one day burst forth
In the brilliance of its blue hue.

Yet darkness approaches.
It surrounds and probes
Wondering when we will give in
To despair.
Anxiety comes.

 

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Alas, My Friend!

So it has been some days since I last posted about my current situation.

Last night was probably the third and final time that we have had such an open and honest conversation. I already had a feeling, a gut instinct if you will, that A. W. will not reciprocate my feelings.

Even so, I was faced with her brutal honesty that explained her views towards this situation. Although not flattering, I accepted it. To be extirpated by such a thing would have been weak of me.

In essence, she liked the idealistic, knowledgeable and wise version of myself, which I had apparently projected three years ago. I had treated her like an equal, until recently where I put her upon a pedestal. This was a huge mistake. However, I could not help but feel that A. W. is simply more amazing in ways that I am not. Perhaps I am more well-versed in other aspects of life, but that was how I felt.

Do not think. Feel.

She spoke of our “differences”. She was afraid we are not compatible due to certain natures of our personality. One could even say that we are not compatible because of who we are as people. Our natures, our habits, what we do – why does that matter in the broad scheme of things?

Under the sun, all humans are the same but different. We all come from one family, but are all unique. Social expectations has gotten us to fit into certain tropes, e.g. introverts, extroverts, ambiverts. To classify ourselves is to restrict ourselves. To limit ourselves in such a way is a foolish thing to do, for there are no limits, only plateaus. And we must break through those plateaus if we desire growth.

Even as I write about this situation, last night, I meditated to look within. How did I truly feel about her saying that we could not ‘work’ together? When she said she did not regret her decision? What did I truly feel when she pointed out all my ‘flaws’? I have lost her respect by becoming too ‘clingy’, apparently, as well.

Truthfully, I felt relieved with a hint of bittersweet sadness. Relieved because it was what I felt in my gut. Bittersweet because we have had good times, and it felt natural to the both of us to be together. It seems that she does not understand it is not that we should do something for the sake of morals or something similar. I will explain this after I address the tincture of sadness I felt within. Of course, like all humans, we wonder ‘what if this happened?’ We simulate what might’ve had happened if we had chosen differently. Alas, what point is there? To think, to mull over repeatedly the situation that we are in, is to be stuck.

But instead, we do whatever it is natural to us. That is the crystallization of true self-expression. To express oneself truthfully is very difficult, however. To do so, we must know who we are as a person.

I know I am more of a conservative person, and she was more of the opposite. However, she has explained that she changed due to her circumstances. Perhaps it might’ve been the pressure of her traditionalist family that has caused her to change. This could be who she is as a person – mayhaps she was discovering herself as a person as well?

I have also noticed that in her response, there was a lot of ‘thinking’. She stated that she ‘thinks’ I am this, or I am that, and ‘I think we both project defensive fronts and we don’t actually know one another very well.’ Of course, thinking is essential for rational thought. I strongly agree that rational logic is very useful for many situations. However, this train of thought is limited. To be logical is to limit oneself. Bound by a set of rules, ‘A’ will go to ‘B’. That is how it must be, almost like a set of numbers.

I use to believe that calm and rational thought is the ideal that we must all strive for. It provides a clear mind, and allows one to make decisions in a swift, concise manner – after weighing up the benefits and risks or the pros and cons.

Often times, real life does not work that way. There will be situations where rational thought will not apply appropriately. That is why, to feel, is the undoubtedly the compass that we should follow.

I do not speak of acting upon emotions. That is not the same as truly feeling. When one looks within to discover what he or she truly feels, it is within a calm ocean. It is almost as if that discovering what one truly feels is also done so in a calm, non-fretting manner.

She describes me as not knowing me as a friend anymore. This is probably attributed to the fact that I have begun to become myself, to fully express myself as who I am in that moment of time. Previously, I was perhaps not 100% comfortable in being who I am as a person, so projecting an air of authority that is expected of a teacher was what I did. That was who she fell in love with, and not my true self.

There was one intriguing point she raised: ‘I think you’re an all or nothing kind of person. I can’t give you everything.’ She also mentioned ‘the level of communication that you seem to need is beyond anything that I could give you.

These were two interesting points that I want to discuss with myself. Within a relationship, is the aim to ‘give’ to the other person? Or is it to support the other person throughout their endeavours, struggles and to be with them during the good times? Or, is it to give support to the partner?

I believe a successful relationship is where both people maintain an open level of communication and a two-way support system, whereby both persons also maintain their level of independence to achieve their own goals. So these two points seem to clash with the very core of my philosophy.

I feel like she wanted to explore her options more. Was that who I was as well? An explorer? I have not solved whether I agreed with that way of thought, but I have entertained it before. Perhaps it may be better to explore rather than invest early on. I will try this option form now on – to explore more in the future.

Regardless, this is the situation I am in. I have already accepted it. There is not much else I can do but to be myself, to know myself and express myself truthfully to the best of my ability.

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water.’ – Bruce Lee.

I still have much to learn about myself. It is like constantly chipping away at myself every day to discover what lies behind the rock. We must learn to flow, to be in the moment, and to let adapt. We cannot control the situations we are thrown into. But we can control how we react. But too much control is detrimental. We need emotional content as well. This is not to say we should be angry in what we do. Instead, emotional content pertains to purely how we feel.

Always be yourself. Have faith in yourself and express yourself fully and honestly. Not lying to oneself. This is very difficult, and we must train every day to achieve it.

Under heaven nothing is more softer and yielding than water. Yet for attacking the solid and strong, nothing is better; it has no equal.’ – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

 

My Life Is Such A Meme

Since none of my real life friends know that this blog exists, I think I will be able to coherently express the jumble of thoughts and my true feelings that has been bothering me for the past two weeks. Sigh.

I know it’s been two years since I last posted, but life just got in the way coupled with neglect, laziness and a severe lack in motivation to post every day.

So this story begins three years ago. I had just been dumped by my then long-term girlfriend when I was eighteen or nineteen. I won’t go into too much detail but it was a bad break and I was in a bad place both health-wise and in my studies. It was a complete mess and I was just lost in direction. I didn’t know what to do so I considered suicide by taking a whole cocktail of medication. That was also one of the rare times in my short life thus far, when I discovered that emotional pain was so much more worse than physical pain.

For a while, I struggled to contain my feelings; and coupled with the fact that I had no one to express my feelings to… I cracked. After bawling my eyes out like a little bitch in my bathroom, until not a single more tear could be shed – I felt a wave of calm wash over me.

So I pulled myself together and got on with life; found a new part-time job, and began working again to take my mind off my thoughts. It was a good distraction and eventually, time began to numb my feelings and I just stopped caring about things as a means of self-protection. I didn’t want the pain of feeling what I felt.

Anyway, some eight weeks after my breakup, I met a girl. Let’s call her A.W. She reminded me so much of my ex-girlfriend in the way she acted – or maybe I was just being delusional and wasn’t thinking properly.

I think we became quite close in our first year of friendship, but it was slightly weird for me personally. She was four years younger than me, and I didn’t want to entertain of a relationship for numerous reasons. I was 20 and her then-temporary English tutor, and she was 16.

I don’t know why I’m still typing at this point because it feels like a waste of time but I’ll continue.

She was my first bright spot in that dark period of my life. I would have asked her out then but she was so young and still completing her high school. It just seemed naturally wrong on moral levels too, and I had to wrestle with my feelings at the time. So I did what I thought was the right decision: I did not reciprocate her feelings because we knew each other in a professional setting as well as the issue of our age gap.

I had a funny feeling she liked me: we got along quite well, and it felt quite natural on the couple of dates we went on. But I just couldn’t ask her out at that point – she was just too young.

Eventually, our friendship grew over the past three years, albeit one year when we didn’t really communicate much, so I guess we drifted apart during that year. During that year, I had to focus on my own life; although it’s selfish, it was important for me to make something out of myself during my final year.

You could even say I was able to forget about her for a while. Feelings of stability, reconnecting with friends, and eventually knowing myself as a person over these three years has brought me clarity in the way I see things (or at least I hope I do). I still do stupid shit sometimes, but eh, it is the way it is. Everyone makes mistakes. But I have most definitely can see that I am myself now: that I can be who I am without feeling ashamed around anyone.

Anyway, A. W. and I still hung out but in a group of close friends. Even then, it felt so natural to be with her, and it felt like we were dating. However, during that time, she found a boyfriend. Honestly, I was disappointed at myself, ashamed that I didn’t do anything, and I kept my distance as an automatic reaction.

Why did I not act on my feelings then? Because I just got out of a long-term relationship and did not want to rush into another one. That would have been disrespectful to A. W.

So having that rationale, I was able to make some sort of peace with my feelings then. But I think it was since then, when I drifted from her. I felt unnecessary, and unneeded. Why would she still need me if she found someone else?

In the back of my head, I knew as a friend, I should still support her. But the immature side of me didn’t want to recognize that, which was selfish. I did not want to be the only person supporting her – that’s retarded. So I just congratulated her and asked about they met etc.

Fast-forward a year, to this time. More than a month ago, we started talking again. It was just short daily snaps of our lives, and without realizing it, we were talking again. The distance is still there I guess, maybe I should find out more. There’s just so much to say but I really cannot go through every minute detail.

Regardless, we began to have feelings for each other again in the past two weeks that we’ve been hanging out. The reason why I am so conflicted is that I do not know what to do.

She has a boyfriend, both we both know how we feel towards each other. She wants to remain loyal, and says she still likes him enough to stay with him. I won’t go into too much detail, but it really doesn’t seem like he cares about her (he probably shows it in a different way that I’m not aware of though). I will give her 100% of my effort to support her in any way possible, whilst both of us chase our personal goals. A two-way support network that is not dependent on one another.

However, after having a couple of talks, A. W. decided she shouldn’t get too attached and wished for some space, which I thought I gave her. What I didn’t realize is that our expectations of space are totally different.

She was an extreme(?) introvert, whilst I was more of an average person (I like my own time, but I also like spending time with my close friends). The way I do and say things was just different from what she was use to. Therefore, I have disrespected her because I told her how I felt, and because I didn’t give her the space she wanted (which she believes).

Totally different expectations of what is and what should be.

I am a selfish person. I freely admit it. Feelings are whimsical and may change with time. I don’t even know what love is. But I do have a pretty good idea about it.

The warm feelings that start from one’s belly, and rises up to your face that just makes you smile unintentionally when you’re with that person. That feeling of being lost in wonder and awe when I hear her sing. Is it just superficial fascination with someone who is better than you in every way? Or is it the feeling of falling in love? The answer still eludes me, but I err towards the latter. It’s the feeling when you want to stare at them, with a dumb grin plastered over your face when they’re with you.

A. W. told me to move on; but how can I? Must I? Why should I?

Various answers rise so quickly before I can even blink twice.

  1. You are not good enough. What happened to your confidence?
  2. You have nothing to offer. So is a relationship a trade of services?
  3. No career, no redeeming talents? Move on.

I have always said that people should be calm and rational to make the best decisions, but I have underestimated what it would feel like when you are placed in the same position. So many emotions run and re-run through my mind that I don’t even know what the right thing is to do.

However, I absolutely refuse to move on, despite the pain this will cause me. The pain of regret and missed opportunity. The pain of still seeing her despite knowing how I feel, and realizing that this is not what she needs right now.

It sucks. It sucks so much that I want to cry. I have tried my best to rationalize everything – I know what I should do, but it still sucks. Feelings suck.

I don’t want to ruin our friendship, but already I feel like I have. The pain that I’m suffering from is that I do not want to lose her. I want to at least give it a shot. But she’s choosing not to, which I understand.

We did talk about whether we’ve missed our opportunity, to which I expressed that we might have one in the future. I don’t remember a clear cut answer from her but oh well. Here’s to hoping.

I don’t know if I’m dealing with this properly. I use a lot of humour to try get through my days, and I put on a smile and laugh around my friends so nothing ever appears wrong. This coupled along with the other things going on in my life – I’m not even sure if I’m depressed or have depression. The irony is that I work for Lifeline, a suicide prevention hotline. Sometimes I don’t want to think or feel because I know for a fact that ruminating in my own thoughts will just lead to more toxic thoughts that doesn’t help me or anyone.

Sigh. A big part of me wants to hold on to that hope that I can get a shot of us starting a relationship and see how it goes. But at the same time, she wants me to move on, despite our mutual feelings – and I question if that’s what she truly wants.

I have to admit though, on a personal reflection note, I’m 95% better at controlling my emotions. Talking about it always helps, and getting on with my life helps with the distractions. But the reminders I get every day from seeing her, talking to her, or just my friends talking about her, feels like my chest is being stabbed repeatedly with a dagger.

And I suppose that A. W. ignoring me is her way of trying to not get too attached. That hurts.

I just had to vent about this somewhere. I’ll probably post a daily reflection of how my state of being so I can put my thoughts in a place and organize it. I don’t know if anyone else has had a similar experience, but I’m so glad that I have my bros and squad to support me. We’ve been there for each other in our darkest times, and I know I will gladly give my life for my bros.

TLDR: I’m not giving up on her, even if this goes against the very nature of my being of trying to be rational. Even if she tells me to move on, not giving up is the right thing to do. That is my belief. How can I give up if I haven’t even tried? Is this the limit of being realistic? I have long accepted the reality of many situations after reading Marcus Aurelius’ letters that became the foundation of Stoicism. To be stoic, is to know that everything will be okay in the end – that humans endure are more tougher than one can ever imagine.

I still question my resolve, because I am willing enough to entertain the possibilities of worst-case scenarios. Is it still worth the risk? Perhaps years of missed opportunities just to wait for something that might happen with A. W?

But if I have already factored that in, and still believe that I should not give up on these feelings of mine, then perhaps I should endure.

Doubt plagues my mind like a hazy toxin that blinds the eyes and rots the brain. The odds are stacked against me due to her conviction of loyalty, so should I bid to remain steadfast in my foolish hope?

“Love should be put into action!” screamed the old hermit from Chemin de Fer. But how can it be put into action when I don’t even know what love is.

I still don’t.

 

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. – Mark Twain.

 

 

 

 

 

Ignorance May Be Bliss. But We Must Destroy It.

It is inevitable that there will be ignorant people in the world. Uneducated humans; some by choice, some by circumstance. That is not the most important issue.

The crux of this problem lies in our willingness to learn or laze in ignorance and stupidity. Who wants to deal with people who refuse to understand or strive to solve problems through their own effort? If you are sane, sensible and virtuous, you will observe in amazement, at the obvious stupidity in your fellow humans.

Is it ethically wrong to be ignorant? I believe so. In maintaining ignorance, you affect your fellow humans in negative ways. ‘How?’ you may ask. People who refuse to learn are immature at the most fundamental level, acting like a child. They expect things to be thrust upon them as if they are self-righteous. They expect the world to revolve around them, almost as if they are babies waiting to be fed by their parents.

No one in human history or present, has such a right. No one is that self-deserving or self-righteous. In life, we must progress through our own effort. Why should we help those people who refuse to put in their own effort? Life is about the survival of the fittest: in other words, those who are willing to do what it takes to survive.

Ignorant people have voted Donald Trump into the White House. Ignorance serves the self-interests of myopic people. Those people reap whatever short-term gains they receive. Ignorant people separated Britain from the EU. Such pride fuels nationalism which fundamentally challenges the unification of the world. This ideal is therefore impossible, considering our human nature.

There are those who strive and reach for the stars. Einstein, Sagan, Musk. They did all they can for the benefit of humanity. But that very same humanity, that they strove to give to – do the ignorant part of us deserve such greatness? Is such knowledge our right to know?

You may argue that freedom is one of our rights as humans. Is freedom an excuse for humans to do whatever they want? Even if it harms your fellow humans, is it still your right to use freedom as your scape-goat? I disagree. Freedom is merely an excuse. Freedom is a privilege, not a right. If we can show respect for everything, then I would say, you have earned your freedom. It is not thrust upon you.

Education is therefore the answer. We must educate those people. However, what do we do with the ones who refuse to learn? In their self-righteousness, they deny the very gift we want to share. It is in their selfishness, do they reject our love. If they do not contribute to humanity, and live parasitically off our hard-work, what reason is there for them to continue residing amongst us humans?

None.

Such humans are pests. Parasites. They do not deserve to be part of our community. If people refuse to learn, society stagnates. We must all help contribute to the benefit of all. The tree that grows tallest has the least branches.

We must cut out the useless ones. We do not require them, we do not need them and above all, these roaches are the ones responsible for the world’s deterioration.

Round these people up and give them a choice. Either help or leave. We have no need of useless people. They can be thrown into the wilderness until they learn to survive. Otherwise, they can perish at their own expense.

Ignorance must be exterminated. The very idea and people must be destroyed. It may even be necessary to consider genocide as a solution, even if you believe its incorrect to do so.

However, it is the ends, not the means to a problem that is most effective. We will shoulder the burden to end this madness with a mad method.

Obesity Is An Ethical Issue

‘My weight is my own business.’

‘Real women have curves.’

‘I’m full figured and proud of it!’

We hear these comments all the time everywhere we go, whether it is online or in person or even amongst friends. We encourage people to be more confident with who they are. This is not inherently wrong – in fact, I share this view. However, what we should not be doing is to validate or even say it’s okay to be fat or obese.

Many people do not understand or see the implications of people being obese. Our society is getting fatter, especially amongst the richer countries. However, even middle-class and poor families are also becoming obese at an alarming rate, due to cheap fast-foods.

Existing as an obese person is ethically incorrect. One must strive with all their might to lose enough mass to a respectable weight where it will not affect other human beings.

Currently, due to obese people, they have sent ripples across various sectors of our daily lifestyles.

Obese people increase public transport costs. They increase costs of fuel, thus contributing to the global warming effect. Obese people increase taxpayer dollars. Hospitals and morgues are required to spend even more on stronger beds, bigger beds and bigger refrigerators to store the dead. More resources are required to maintain a larger person, as the laws of nature dictates. If we did not have obese people, the U.S government would not have to waste $127 billion in the healthcare sector. Instead that money can offset other problems that we have in the world.

Being obese is not a human right. Unless an obese person can responsibly share the economic load amongst his/her fellow human beings, it is ethically wrong to remain obese.

Apart from solutions as emphasising exercise as the key, we can start taxing cheap fast-foods to discourage such people to eating unhealthily. First and foremost, diet is more important in weight loss and maintaining one’s health.

Some say, ‘some of those people can’t help it.’ Note that, majority of obese people do not suffer from such genetic conditions. Even so, it is always a choice to decide whether one wants to remain obese or to help benefit humanity itself. For the genetically affected, the rest of us should endeavour to help these people to losing weight.

Thus, I vehemently disagree with any person that supports or even glorifies obesity. Obesity is not a human right. Such thoughts must be extinguished.

 

‘Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.’ – Roman poet, Juvenal.

Translation: ‘You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body.’

Give No Quarter – Pt. 3

“I am the punishment of God… if you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” – Genghis Khan

In the quest of conquering countries, any enemies you face must be crushed completely in order to prevent any uprisings or future rebellions.

Cripple the system based on society’s necessities. First, divide the world. Globalisation has allowed countries to form alliances and treaties, or even becoming close friends economically and politically. However, each country and every human act only according to what they need. No country on this planet is self-sufficient in order to maintain their population and prevent anarchy. The order we currently possess is a guardian against anarchy that could sprout at any uncertain moment.

Thus, the first step is to knock out satellite connections. Sow the seeds of chaos as a surprise attack. Even gods cannot defend against unexpected ambushes. Without satellite, planes, ships, the military, the government and the people are effectively paralysed within their own countries. Keep in mind, there may be some emergency land lines within some countries that will allow them to coordinate. It will be near impossible to prevent this, but pay this no heed.

The second step is to cut power stations. This will range from electrical power plants, hydro power plants, coal power plants, etc. It is more effective to destroy these plants physically rather than hacking into the network. This way, it will prevent the country itself from launching a counter offensive if they are preoccupied with civil unrest. Many will be demanding food and water for their families. Friendships and relationships will be broken amongst neighbours and anarchy will erupt.

I admit that nuclear power plants are very dangerous and possess the potential for widespread radiation pollution. However, you must destroy these as well. Give them no quarter or a place to hide and recuperate.

After power has been cut, water supply need to be either destroyed or contaminated. This way, the people will be sick or thirsty, thus creating stronger unrest. Countries love their people with much devotion and value each citizen’s lives highly. This will make your threats more powerful. Do not utterly destroy everything just yet. However, it is inevitable that some governments will not stand for this. The U.S military might are still a threat to your goals. Thus, repay them the respect of no mercy. They show no mercy in negotiations when they kill, thus it is only fair and just that you do so yourself.

Crush any enemies completely, and capture the rest for your cause. Maintain their fear of you, and you will have peace amongst them.

The third step is to destroy the symbols of each country. Bomb their capital cities and completely raze it to the ground. It should be done neutrally and without emotion. Recruit any sympathisers to your cause for it will increase your strength. Beware of any traitors amongst your ranks, thus stress importance upon loyalty. Any traitors will be immediately eliminated.

Furthermore, reduce the effectiveness of money. By your destruction of cities, money will have become meaningless. Luxury and good houses will hold no purpose when survival is the primary goal. Humans will destroy themselves without much effort.

Any person that steps up the role of a leader must also be destroyed. Keep the masses divided and weak. Present yourself as the one person that they need to survive. Treat any defectors well, and ensure them a comfortable and content life.

 

 

Conquer The World Pt. 2 – The Beginning

Like the Leopard 2, you must first scout the enemy. Locate them. Probe for weaknesses. If your gun cannot penetrate their armour, you wait for your own bigger guns to bring them down.

Do not heedlessly fight with your pride. Instead, wage war under the guidance of Reason. Rational decisions almost always yield better results than brash, prideful cavalry charges. Patience is key.

The tactics of war have not changed, merely the context. Our knowledge of past wars will be useful in present times as well.

Please be mindful that this is merely a thought experiment – not an actual plan to place the world under one’s beneficial dictatorship. Furthermore, this idea is based on practicality, not on ideals. To put it bluntly, it is the ends, not the means.

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Now, the modern world’s real power lies in seats of real power – a person with absolute power. As we live in a democracy (almost all the world does), it will be impossible to achieve true power in such a system. People will always argue and progress will stagnate.

Instead, we require a singular leader who wields power that meets no resistance from no government. Orders are to be followed without fail, and thus efficiency.

Absolute obedience from all mankind and thus the suppression of free will. The person who undertakes such a role of conquering the world will sacrifice his or her morals and all standards of virtues.

It is entirely possible to appear to be a benefactor of the world. Even so, it is provides greater advantages if one provides the appearance of a virtuous man. To live by truth, honesty and courage. A leader who provides transparency above all else.

Of course, this will not truly be the case. It is nigh impossible for a man to conquer the world and remain virtuous. Attaining absolute power will lead to corruption of even the most noble of men.

The reasoning behind power corrupting men lies in their emotions. One of the most important is love. Love makes people blind and weak. Should a thief hold a gun to your loved one’s head and demands your money, love compels you to hand over your wallet and relinquish the thief. Your loved one is alive at the cost of some pocket change.

You may say, is that not a fair trade? I entirely agree, in this context. However, I will now present another situation. The same person demands you to hand over the codes of nuclear warheads, otherwise all your family and loved ones will be killed. Would you hand over to his demands?

The mental struggle you are feeling now hinges upon the greatest good versus thanatophobia – the fear of losing your loved ones. What is the correct choice? What should you choose?

Consider the first choice: you hand over the codes and your family goes free. You have saved the family but doomed the world. You may wonder, is this right? You have yielded power to your enemy, and thus reinforcing his strength.

The second choice is to sacrifice your family in order to prevent the destruction of the world. I believe this is the choice you must be ready to make in order to proceed down the bloody road of world domination. It is the ends, not the means, that matters more.

Consider the consequences and make a rational decision based on your information.

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” – J. Robert Oppenheimer

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Conquer The World – Pt. 1

In each of our bustling lives everyday, we rarely stop for a moment and think about the problems that plague the world today.

Even despite our donations to charity, our fundraising events for cancer or our advocacy of equal rights for all humans, as a normal human being, I seriously doubt that the majority of us truly care.

Selfishness is an inherent part of human nature. A person may appear selfless or act selfless for their own feel-good feeling. Is that not selfish in its own way?

A thought popped into my mind today as I cycled through the many various struggles we face today. It is not merely the incompetent politicians that are running this world into the ground, but also the greed of mining companies and investment banks that continue to physically ruin the world. The protests that do not just exist in America, but also in France and in the Netherlands due to their ongoing elections. Immigrants, pollution, expensive drugs and healthcare, the new generation…

It almost seems impossible to solve everything, doesn’t it? Famine in Yemen and Sudan to the lack of water in Kenya to animals going extinct at alarming rates.

The few out of the sea of problems that I have listed already require Herculean efforts to even tackle one. Is it possible to expend resources and manpower to such causes? One might say probably no as everything is finite. We cannot help everyone because we do not have the capacity to do so.

The question then lies in, if we do not spend our time tackling such problems, then what should we be spending our time on instead?

I digress.

The thought that struck me today was that, we as humans are fighting battles on many fronts. If anything that history has taught us is: never fight wars you can’t win. Especially if you do not have more men than the opponent. In essence, having more resources than necessary to ensure a victory.

You might argue that resources are not everything in order to win battles. However, we are waging a war of attrition. Tactics alone will not win the war unless the general can maintain his army. That requires food, water – resources.

If we place this into today’s context, each country cares truly only for its own nation and its wellbeing. We have seen attempts of unification such as the E.U and the USA – but we have North Korea, Islam extremists and Russia who are still bent on nationalism. That alone will not unite the world – no matter how hard we try.

Thus I propose an idea: in order to solve the world’s problems, it is necessary that the world unifies under a single system.

“Better one bad general than two good ones.” – Napoleon

 

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